Spectrum (www.spectrumjournal.ca) is an interdisciplinary undergraduate journal at the University of Alberta, managed through the Undergraduate Research Initiative. Spectrum is open to submissions from undergraduate students from any post-secondary institution, and is a venue for students to showcase the work they have completed over the duration of their undergraduate careers. 

The day to day operations of the journal are carried out by a student editorial board, composed of graduate and undergraduate students from a variety of disciplines. Together, the editorial board oversees the journal workflow - promotion of the journal, screening of submissions, assignment of editors and reviewers, correspondence with authors, and production of two issues per academic year (Fall & Winter). 

Spectrum is currently recruiting editors for the 2020-2021 academic year. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in undergraduate research to learn about the publication and peer review process from the inside out. 

The average time commitment for an editor is 3-5 hours/week over the course of the academic year, with the peer review and production period (late Fall/early Winter) typically being the most intense. 

The editorial team meets weekly (excluding Reading Weeks & final exam periods) from September-March, with work to complete independently between meetings. Editors may meet less frequently and/or correspond online during the summer months. 

All new editors receive training, and are supported by the journal manager, faculty advisors, and returning editors.  Returning editors have the opportunity to move into leadership/mentorship roles. 

INSTRUCTIONS:  Please answer ALL the questions in the Google Form below. Please note that Google Forms does not allow you to save your work in progress; applicants are advised to prepare their written responses in a Word document and paste them into the form. 


Deadline for applications is March 23, 2020.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a brief interview during the week of March 30th to April 3rd. 

Initial training & orientation for new editors will take place on a weekend in late April (tentatively April 25 & 26) 

QUESTIONS:  Contact spectrum@ualberta.ca if you have any questions.